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Sorry if its been posted already, but Im curious as to who they have in mind. Anybody got the scoop?
" A Vasectomy means never having to tell her your sorry "
From reading the UT boards they truly believe Gruden is in play for the most part. Some are realistic but many are not. Other names are the obvious Peterson and Patterson. Few are in favor of Charlie Strong and Cutcliffe. IMO the most realistic and best option for UT is Phillip Fulmer. The offensive pieces are in place, and rehiring Fulmer almost garuntee's John Chavis as DC (which helps state getting him away from LSU). He also is the only candidate out there that truly loves Tennessee and would do everything in his power to get them back to the level they once had. Once he restores them and retires, it would be much more possible to hire the big fish that they think they can land right now.
Every year someone thinks Gruden is coming to save the day. And every year someone takes their 4th or 5th choice.
Gruden makes 4 million a year living the dream. Why in the hail would he go to Tenn for the same money?
The Eagles and Chargers are going to be all over Gruden....I'd be SHOCKED if he is coaching any college team next yr.
Plus Gruden is know for getting into it with players....not a wise thing in the college game.
This post was edited by sevendust 17 months ago
I expect Gruden to be coaching four college teams and two NFL teams next year, lol.
Lot of options out there. I think it's a GREAT job and they shouldn't have to settle like Auburn and Arkansas have done recently. Fedora would be a nice hire butlD. Cuttcliff would be interesting too. There are several adequate coaches who could fill that position and do much better than Dooley ever could. Sonny Dykes and a veteran DC would be a nice start
It's a good job but not great....they have no recruiting base and the landscape of college football has change so much than what made TN is they recruiting nation wide...now everyone has the means to do that.
I tell you what a coach told me few yrs back...TN will only be elite if they start back cheating....and to do that whatever HC hired will have to be for that.
That is something hard for a TN fan to deal with.
I expect whatever HC is hired to have a background in running a pro style system closer to what Fulmer had....they're fanbase is demanding it now.
I think there is a better chance of a snowball in you know where than Tennessee hiring the head coach of Louisiana Tech again. I read some of the notes from the Press Conference today and David Hart said he was looking for a guy with integrity and stressed this point (scratch off Petrino), wanted someone with Head Coaching experience, and also someone who knew how to climb the ladder of the SEC. That's why I said at the end of the day Fulmer is about his best option if those are the qualities he wants in a coach. Because more than likely your not getting Gruden, and Fulmer is really the only other one on the list that posses those qualities (integrity maybe not so much, but he never got in trouble) . Also you have to look at with Fulmer you more than likely get Chavis to return as DC, and then also in a year or so there is a chance you could see Peyton Manning coming to be a QB coach or OC for Fulmer, cause he is very very loyal to him. Imagine how easy it would be to recruit offensive players and especially Quarterbacks if Peyton Manning is on your staff.
ETA: Post was a reply to Cooter
This post has been edited 2 times, most recently by bmartin2222 17 months ago
I think they'd hire Cut before bringing back Fulmer....but I get your point there is no question they want one of that style.
HC before,pro style back ground,and willing to "play ball" in recruiting....
No way Peyton Manning goes from the most popular and most valuable asset in the NFL to a subservient position at a college. No way.
No way UT brings Philip Fulmer back.
No way John Chavis leaves LSU for Tennessee for the same position at a weaker team, no way.
Guz Malzahns phone is ringing. Bobby Petrino's phone is ringing. Todd Grantham, def. coordinator for Georgia and formerly with the Dallas Cowboys and a former player of Va Tech...his phone is ringing.
.....and so is Dan Mullens.
Not so fast
Who would have thought one of the greatest Quarterbacks in NFL history would be an OC for a Mississippi High School? I didn't garuntee you get Manning on staff, but he does his university more than most, and he especially loves his former coach.
As far as Chavis goes, Chavis is a Phillip Fulmer guy, he took the LSU job when he was relieved at UT due to Lane bringing in his dad, but make no bones about it he still loves UT and even spoke at a UT event during LSU's off-week this season. If in a mythical world Fulmer was re-hired I would put it at about 80% Chavis would go back "home" so to speak. I agree with 7 that they would probably go after Cut first due to the fact he is basically like having Fulmer and was a part of the Fulmer success, but it still doesn't divide the fan base further like bringing back Fulmer would. But if Cut were to say no, then I think you have to at least talk to the great pumpkin. Regardless of how it ended he still had a 152-52 overall coaching record there with a national title and I think 4 sec championship game appearances including one the year before he was fired. He only had 2 losing seasons, but what ran him out the door was he was losing his edge over Bama (who he dominated most of his career) and had a 4 game skid against UF.
This article doesn't sound like someone who would have no chance of returning if the opportunity presented itself.
This post was edited by bmartin2222 17 months ago
The SF 49ers OC name has popped up a lot...seems to fit.
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